Composed by René Fabre in 1981, “Untitled for Accordion” is an electro-acoustic composition in which the sounds of an accordion are electronically processed. The composer describes the piece this way: “Two half track tape recorders with a tape loop between them were used to explore resonance. Because of the continually re-recording nature of the two machine loop and utilizing the accordion bellows to create layers of pulsing amplitudes with the fundamental G-pedal, (and later combining tones), a peculiar resonant quality exists between the instrument, the two machine loops, and the room. Melodic fragments emerge, (in part), from the sustaining texture as different partials phase in and out. A kind of instantaneous ‘I am sitting in a room,’ (a la Alvin Lucier), condition is created. The ideas unfold through four sections (or arches), that were organized via the ‘golden mean.’” René Fabre is a Seattle based composer who studied with Janice Giteck at the Cornish Institute. At the time of this recording, Fabre was working at And/Or, a non-profit arts organization in Seattle, where he ran their music program Soundwork, which included a public access electronic music studio. Fabre also had a radio program on KRAB-FM at that time.
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